[MARMAM] Animal Care and Education Internship

Intern Coordinator intern at sealrescueireland.org
Thu Dec 27 12:28:16 PST 2018

Seal Rescue Ireland: Animal Care and Education Internship

Seal Rescue Ireland (SRI) is a very busy marine animal rescue and
rehabilitation facility located in Courtown, Co. Wexford. It is the only
seal rehabilitation facility in the Republic of Ireland and is responds to
strandings nationwide. Most distressed seal calls are for Grey and Common
Seal pups which have become injured, orphaned or sick. In addition, SRI
promotes public engagement in sustainability and ocean conservation through
active education, outreach and research activities. The facility is
accepting applicants for positions in their challenging and exciting
internship program for start dates year round. This is a full time position
for a minimum of 12 weeks, however priority will be given to candidates who
can stay longer. Free room and board may be offered if the intern excels
and is invited to stay longer.

Reports to:  Animal Care Manager

Job Summary: The position provides the intern with hands on rescue and
rehabilitation experience with stranded marine mammals.  The candidate is
responsible for assisting in the daily care and maintenance of
rehabilitation animals as well as providing educational tours to the
public. Interns will spend half their time in the hospital and the other
half of their time assisting with education, fundraising and clerical
tasks. The variation of responsibilities allows interns a broad
understanding of what it takes to operate a wildlife hospital and charity
organization. Each intern will be responsible for independently planning
one fundraiser project. Interns that excel may be offered additional levels
of responsibility as specialized program coordinators to develop further
skill sets. Promoted interns who can commit to longer terms can potentially
lead to compensation of room and board.

Requirements:  For consideration, applicants must have a background or
interest in areas of study such as Pre-Vet, Biology, Zoology, Marine
Biology or other animal related field. Applicants must have the ability to
understand and follow written and oral instruction, and have effective
communication skills.  Applicants should be agile with a good sense of
balance in order to maneuver around the exhibits and holding areas, and
must be physically fit and able to lift 25 kg. Applicants must possess the
ability to adapt to a high paced, ever-changing work environment, possess a
good work ethic and positive attitude. They must also be available to work
long hours, nights, weekends and holidays. Previous animal care and
handling experience as well as public speaking skills are preferred,
however interns will be trained to develop skills in these areas.

Duties Include:


   Daily animal diet preparations and routine cleaning of enclosures and
   work areas.

   Assist with rescue and release of stranded animals.

   Take shifts overseeing the stranding hotline and coordinating seal
   rescue and transport.

   Assist in the care and maintenance of the Centre’s rehabilitation
   animals (feeding, restraining, medical treatment, daily care).

   Help ensure that the clinical areas are stocked, hygienic and prepared
   to receive animals.

   Maintain and update medical records.

   Provide assistance to management and rehabilitation staff as needed.

   Assist with fundraisers and educational events.

   Assist with clerical duties and office work as needed (you will gain
   experience in all aspects of how a rehabilitation centre operates)

   Participate in educational talks and tours.

   Performs other duties relating to the Centre’s goals and mission
   statement as required.

This is an unpaid position. Intern housing is available for 90 Euro/week
(including food) on a first come first served basis . Interns are
responsible for all travel expenses.

Please visit our website to download the application form. Then send your
resume, cover letter and application form to:

Attention: Animal Care and Education Internship intern at sealrescueireland.org

Telephone: 053 942 4980 http://www.sealrescueireland.org/internships/

Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/sealrescueireland
Registered Charity Number: 20108519
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